Cylindropuntia kleiniae, Klein's Pencil Cactus
Scientific Name: Cylindropuntia kleiniae
Common Name: Klein's Pencil Cactus
Also Called: Candle Cholla, Klein Cholla; (Spanish: Tasajillo)
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Synonyms: (Opuntia kleiniae)
Size: Up to 6 feet tall, 2 or 3 feet wide.
Growth Form: Shrub; scraggly, almost trunk-less, open crown and openly branched, sprawling, joints 4 to 12 inches long; stem segments usually alternate; older stems woody; terminal segments with prominent tubercles.
Leaves: Leaves modified into spines or glochids and emerging from areoles spines 1 to 4 per areole, spines grayish or pink.
Flower Color: Pink, magenta or lavender; inner tepals greenish basally to reddish bronze, tinged magenta; fruits persistent, spine-less, elongated with tubercles, green becoming red, fleshy.
Flowering Season: May and June (late spring, early summer).
Elevation: 2,500 to 5,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Creosote bush and mesquite flats, limestone rocky slopes; Chihuahuan Desert species.
Recorded Range: In the United States Klein's Pencil Cactus is found in NM, TX (possibly in OK). It is also native to northeast Mexico.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Cylindropuntia kleiniae.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.
Genus Information: Cylindropuntia contains 29 species and 39 accepted taxa overall in the United States and Canada. The Plant List includes 43 accepted species names and includes a further 100 scientific plant names of infraspecific rank for the genus Cylindropuntia. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
Comments: Klein's Pencil Cactus is mostly found within Chihuahuan desert habitats. This species is thought to have poorly defined taxonomic characteristics with more than 1 species or variety existing in the Trans-Pecos area. Some botanists think more taxonomic work is needed.
Klein's Pencil Cactus, Cylindropuntia kleiniae is in a group of cacti sometimes referred to as "pencil chollas"; it is similar to and closely related to Arizona Pencil Cholla, Cylindropuntia arbuscula and to Christmas Cholla, Cylindropuntia leptocaulis.
In Southwest Desert Flora also see: Buckhorn Cholla, Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa, Arizona Pencil Cholla, Cylindropuntia arbuscula, Teddy Bear Cholla, Cylindropuntia bigelovii, Gander's Buckhorn Cholla, Cylindropuntia ganderi, Christmas Cactus, Cylindropuntia leptocaulis and Walkingstick Cactus, Cylindropuntia spinosior.